Talk to your Mum, Dad or a Grandparent about the meaning of ANZAC Day.
Ask them the following questions:

What happens on ANZAC Day?
Why do you think April 25th was chosen as the day on which to remember the ANZACS?
Why do you think that ANZAC Day is such an important day in Australia and New Zealand?
What makes this ANZAC Day important?

Write your responses to the questions above in a blog comment.


You might even like to watch the Spirit of the ANZAC video below. Click on the link:

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Earlier this term we had our School Sport Carnival. This event is run over two weeks. On Friday 13th February we held the Ball Games activities at school. Each grade level participated in a different ball game and points were awarded to our houses. The Year 3s participated in Triple Ball while the Year 4s participated in a Soccer Dribble relay. Click on the link below to see photos from the Ball Games.

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On Friday 20th February we headed excitedly off to the Bill Sewart Reserve for the second part of our school sports. We participated in numerous events at Twilight sports – Sprints, Long Jump, Shuttle Relay and Circular Relay. Click on the link below to see photos from our Twilight Sports.

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After our Ball Games activities and the numerous events at twilight Athletics Carnival there was only 1 point that separated our first and second placings. Congratulations to Green House on coming from behind in the final few events to win this years Athletics Shield.

What was your favourite part of our school sports? Why was it your favourite part?

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Dear 3/4D,

Thank you for an amazing year. You have all been fabulous class mates and I have enjoyed having you as my class in 2014. I have created this Smilebox presentation full of memories from this year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy a well earned holiday.

Don’t forget to say hi next year when you see me on the play ground!

Best Wishes from Miss Dickson

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What was your favourite memory from this year?

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The students in Year 3/4D have been investigating ‘How can we care for our Earth?’

Students worked in small groups to create a news report focussing on an environmental issue. Check out our fabulous news reports below.

What are you doing to help care for our Earth?

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Advent is the beginning of the Church year for most churches. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. This year it started on Sunday 30th November and finishes on the 24th December. The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. The whole season of Advent is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a time of preparation, a time for thinking about when Jesus will come again.

People celebrate Advent in different ways. Some families put up the Christmas decorations at the beginning of Advent. Children may have Advent calendars which have windows for each of the days in December. Some people have a Jesse Tree which is a different kind of Advent Calendar.

For homework the students in 3/4D created their own Advent calendar. Their Advent calendars have a good deed connected to each day of the Advent season that they will do to prepare for Jesus’ birth.

Look at their fabulous Advent Calendars:







Check out this amazing Advent Calendar that has been created like an Advent bunting.
We needed many hands to hold it up!

What are you going to do during Advent to prepare for Jesus’ birth?

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On Friday 7th November our Parents and Grand Parents joined us for a special learning celebration.

Students participated in hands on Mathematics involving a packet of Smarties. They measured length and mass, worked out the fraction of each colour of smarties in their packet, graphed the results and covered concepts of chance.

Each Student had to bring along a 50 gram box of smarties for this activity. Click on the link below to see the photos of our SMARTIE Maths Learning Celebration:

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What maths skills did you need for our Smartie Maths Celebration?
What did you learn?
What was your favourite part?

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On the 23rd of October 3/4D went to a woodwork incursion. All of us were excited and were wondering what we will be making. We met Asher and he told us what to do.

We learnt how to saw, hammer and how to bring bent nails back up straight. We made a solar powered wind turbine. It was a really good experience. We found out how the wind turbine works. When sunlight goes onto the solar panel, it connects to the motor and the motor makes the panel move round.

This relates to our inquiry unit ‘How can we care for our Earth’ because you don’t need to use electricity to work it. It uses natural energy from the Earth so it doesn’t do any harm on Earth.

We enjoyed doing the wood work because we have learnt lots of building skills. It was an enjoyable challenge.

Click on the link below to see photos from our woodwork incursion.

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Have you ever built anything? What was it?
What was your favourite part of the woodwork incursion?

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On Wednesday 8th October while we were at Italian our teacher, Miss Dickson left our classroom to go over to the school office. Miss Dickson stopped and looked carefully around as she could hear some loud chirping noise. Miss Dickson was shocked to find a Mother Duck and her ducklings right outside of our classroom.


The Mother Duck wanted her ducklings to hop up into he garden bed but it was too tall for them. Miss Dickson and Miss King helped relocate the ducks to a safer place.


The next day we created our own narratives about the ducks visit.

Below is Theresa’s narrative about the adventures the ducklings had at our school.

The Missing Duck
On Tuesday morning, waking up to find her daughter missing was NOT a good start to the day. Mother Duck soon realised that her youngest duckling, Sam was missing. She immediately alerted her husband. “SAM’S MISSING!” She screamed. Her husband woke up with a start. “We must find her” said father duck. So the parents woke up the other children, had breakfast and the adventure started.

“Are we there yet?” cried Danni. “Why do we have to find Sam? She’s so ugly and useless.” said Owen. “How dare you say that?” Father duck scolded Owen. They walked everywhere but still couldn’t find Sam. They sneaked up onto a bus and when they got off, they saw this giant building. “John, we should explore here. Sam loves big places.” Melissa said to her husband. So they set off. They crawled under the gates and saw the biggest garden bed. They went to explore. Then a really big person appeared. She spotted them and walked towards them. “What should we do?” cries Melissa. The ducklings were screaming.

She got the big square thing and it made some click sounds. They tried to jump onto the garden bed but the little ones couldn’t jump on. The big person finally walked away. ”Phew” sighed the ducks. “It’s not safe here” said John. So everyone went away. It was getting dark and Melissa started to worry. “Where could she be?” she thought. They created some shelter for the night, had some dinner and slept.

The next day, they went to dive in the water. “Sam knows how to swim, so this is a good place to start.” said John. They searched all day but didn’t find anything. They soon gave up and went home. They found Sam there. She had gone to her friend’s house. They were happy she was safe and sound and lived happily ever after.

Why do you think the Ducks visited Holy Family School?
What do you think they did on their Big Day Out?

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On Wednesday 17th October Students at Holy Family School excitedly participated in our annual footy day. Everyone wore their team colours and enjoyed a special sausage sizzle for lunch.

We congratulate Hawthorn on winning the 2014 Premiership cup.

Click below to see the great moments from our Footy Day celebrations:

What football team do you barrack for? Why do you support that team?
Do you have a favourite player?
Who do you think will win the 2015 Premiership cup?

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On Monday 15th September the Drama Toolbox came to our school to lead us through a workshop on Sustainability. We looked at many issues facing planet Earth with particular focus in Antartica, Paraquay, Sumatra and at the Great Barrier Reef.

Click on the link below to see some of the photos taken during our Drama Workshop:

What did you learn from the Drama Workshop?
What did you enjoy?
How will you try to look after Planet Earth?

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